Highlights of last night anywhere? If so, please post.
Not the greatest camera angles/quality, but it works. The Gill goal is ridiculous from what I can see.
So...now that the latest round of controversy has subsided somewhat, I thought I'd "perk up" the thread with some more controversy. I'm soliciting opinions...based on the following assumptions:
1) A team can't really "control" where they finish in the pairwise.
2) Forget that I said a couple of days ago not to look at the pairwise until the day of the selection show... :D
3) BC will finish in the top 4 of the pairwise
4) BC will finish ahead of BU in the pairwise and/or win the Hockey East Tournament
Since the Top 4 all get placed in different regionals as the #1 seed, which of the following two options would everyone prefer?
a) BU finishes in the Top 4 and gets moved to another regional, which makes it POSSIBLE that it won't be in the East
b) BU finishes #5 and gets placed in BC's regional as the #2 seed (means we'd play them in the regional final)
I'm just curious...personally I would rather avoid BC at any cost - and we seem to play better "on the road" (of course, nobody is "home" in the NCAAs, but it's a moot point for us anyway because we don't travel well, ESPECIALLY if we don't get Worcester - I don't even think we'd get much of a crowd in Bridgeport). So I would just as soon see us go West (Green Bay or St.Paul). Frankly, we don't play great in Worcester anyway (especially if BC is there). Just my opinion...I'm interested to see what you all think!
In this case BC was being less punished for a losing record against UMass when UMass was "worse" (when their RPI was under .500), and when UMass wins and pushes their RPI above .500 the ammount that those losses "hurt" BC increases.
Wouldn't it make more sense that the worse a team is, the more a loss to them should hurt your ranking?
While I wouldn't expect it to happen by any reach of the imagination, reaching the Frozen Four by eliminating BC in Worcester would be as satisfying as winning it all.
If the dog pound got creative for the game and had pop up signs of a BC eagle then a pop up of the Duck Hunt dog doing the "hee hee hee" thing, that'd make it even more epic.
The PWR now is just an illusion-- it doesn't really exist. The fact that we've all been watching and obsessing over it for the last months is a luxury afforded by USCHO, but in reality the PWR doesn't exist until the day of the tournament selection. It doesn't move or change during the season because it isn't real until everyone's whole body of work is being taken into consideration. The fact that a team was ranked higher in the PWR at one point in the season is meaningless because that team hadn't played all of their games yet. Where they land at the end is where they land. All you can do to maximize your PWR is try and win every game. Simple as that.
I don't know where BU will land but I am still hoping they wind up in Worcester somehow since that is probably the only trip I will be able to make. Maybe that's selfish since I'm weighing my ability to see them play over their chances of advancing, but that's how I feel. But ultimately we're going to have to beat good teams to win this tournament. Whether we play BC in Worcester or Tampa we'd likely have to go through them either way. Plus, they're the devil we know (versus the one we don't) and we alraedy know we can play with them.
So, after all of the events of last week, what do people think the atmosphere at Agganis will be like on Friday night?
Your biggest rival is the opponent...should be a good one! ;)
First game since Nicastro's arrest
First game back at Agganis for Saponari
First game back at Agganis for the team that ended BU's season last year
HE Regular season title on the line
NU's season on the line
oh and yes...BU is playing their #1 rival :)
and let me see, what else can we pile on? Is there any more **** we can pile on to the top of the outcome of this game? Is it possible?